Many workers in Illinois are employed in industries that have a moderate potential for injury. This means that employees should receive a level of training regarding the hazards they might face in their job. Furthermore, the company should also provide adequate safety equipment to protect workers from the dangers of the job. The organization should also endeavor to make the working environment as safe as possible for its employees.
There are some jobs that will always come with risks. However, this does not mean that you should be exposed to dangers that could be resolved or avoided. If you spot a hazard in your place of work that could and should be removed, it is important to report the issue to your supervisor or another superior as soon as possible. This gives them maximum opportunity to tackle the issue.
However, there is a chance that they may ignore the danger and fail to do anything about it. If so, you could report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA). They might then choose to investigate the matter and try to resolve it with your employer.
Unfortunately, you may not notice the hazard until it has already injured you. If this is the case, you might decide to take legal action. If you are injured at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Furthermore, if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might also be able to pursue a personal injury claim.
Our page on workplace safety has more detailed information on the steps you can take. An attorney may also be able to offer advice and support you through the legal process if you choose to pursue remuneration for your injuries.